Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 29th, 2008 at 4:27 pm
Jeremy Towsey-French dropped by BikePortland.org headquarters today to introduce me to the Yuba Mundo.
The Mundo (it means “world” in Spanish) is a cargo bike dreamed up by an ex-employee of Xtracycle and Jeremy is the Portland distributor. He’s set up a website at StumptownMundo.com and he tells me he’s got the only Mundos in the country right now.
I was interested in the bike because it fits an interesting niche. It’s billed as an affordable and versatile cargo bike. For just under $1,000, the all-steel Mundo — with its massive rear rack — will let you carry all sorts of crazy loads. And you don’t have to be shy about loading up — it has a load capacity of 440 pounds (no kidding)!
The bike is built like a tank, it’s made in Germany and weighs about 59 pounds (compare that to a bakfiets which weighs about
66 97 pounds).
I’m going to ride it around for a few days (hopefully at the Voodoo parade tomorrow tonight) and I might share some more thoughts before I give it back.
Jeremy gives credit to Clever Cycles for making cargo bikes cool (with their Dutch offerings) and now he hopes the Mundo will also get a warm welcome in Portland. I hope he’s right.
If you’re interested in whether or not this bike would work for you, check out Jeremy’s website. He’s posted a ton of information, photos and FAQs that should answer all your questions.